Students compete at local tournament

A number of students from Arashi-Do Sylvan Lake competed at the Central Alberta Samurai Series held in Rocky Mountain House on May 12th.

Among the Sylvan Lake competitors at the Central Alberta Samurai series in Rocky Mountain House were Braedon Szoke

Among the Sylvan Lake competitors at the Central Alberta Samurai series in Rocky Mountain House were Braedon Szoke

A number of students from Arashi-Do Sylvan Lake competed at the Central Alberta Samurai Series held in Rocky Mountain House on May 12th.

The Samurai Series is a group of three tournaments held in three different locations throughout Central Alberta.

Competitors collect points throughout the series and the person with the highest number of points receives a sword for their efforts!

Logan Mckinnon competed in the 8-9 year old advanced division. He took a fourth place in both Kata and sparring. He did great considering he was up against both much bigger and more experienced competitors.

Caleb Crowther competed in the 8-9 year old Beginner division. He took a fourth place in Kata and a first place in Sparring. He showed great skill and composure to pull such a big win off in a group of seven. Elijiah Rayner also competed in this division. He ended up being fourth for both kata and sparring. He also showed great skill. For both these boys the only place they can go now is to get much better!

Maxwell Prier competed in his last competition of the year being in the 10-11 year old Advanced division. Max placed fourth place in sparring after losing to the eventual second place competitor and Fourth in kata. Braedon Szoke tied for those spots in the same division. Braedon is quite new to the tournament scene and had a great showing.

Cameron Szoke took fourth and fourth in the 8-9 year old Beginner division.

Sensei Ken competed in the black belt division.

In Rocky Mountain House he took first in both sparring and Kata. In Kata, he beat a head instructor from Bowden/Penhold. One of the judges awarded him a perfect 10.0 score. In sparring he took the win over a student from Rocky as well as the head instructor from Bowden/Penhold, with an impressive display of kicks.

Sensei Ken was also awarded the most points for the series in the black belt division. He received the sword for his win, the second time he has won this series.

Submitted – Special to Sylvan Lake News